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Daniel Serra

'Viking Age Food—Looking for a Lost Food Culture'

Culinary archaeologist and lecturer Daniel Serra, from Malmo, Sweden, will give a presentation titled "Viking Age Food—Looking for a Lost Food Culture" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102 at Luther College. Serra's newest book "An Early Meal – a Viking Age Cookbook & Culinary Odyssey" will be available for purchase and signing at the presentation. This event will be open to the public with no charge for admission.

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Anika Nelson

Luther senior Nelson records stories of Hmong Refugees

When the United States left Vietnam and Southeast Asia following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, the Hmong who had supported U.S. military operations were targeted by the communist-supported regime in Laos. Thousands fled to Thailand and were placed in refugee camps. Following the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975, Laotian refugees arrived in the United States in great numbers. Anika Nelson, Luther College senior of Carroll, Iowa, is interviewing Hmong refugees that came to Decorah from Laos during the Vietnam War for her summer research project.

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Anthropology teaser

Luther College receives $27,000 grant to purchase surveying equipment

Only approximately 50 of the nearly 400 effigy mounds remain in the state of Iowa. The mounds tell the story of Iowa's prehistoric past, serving both as a visible reminder of the past as well as standing as a symbol of Iowa's heritage. Thanks to a grant by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Luther College anthropology program is working to further document and conserve some of the remaining Effigy Mounds in Northeast Iowa.

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"Landscapes that Shape Us: Mitigation Efforts for U.S. 20" documentary, presented by The Iowa Department of Transportation.

"Landscapes that Shape Us" Documentary Screening

In celebration of Iowa Archaeology Month, the Luther College anthropology department is hosting a screening of "Landscapes that Shape Us" on Friday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Building on Luther's campus. A question and answer session with the producers of the documentary will follow the screening.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. 

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Landscapes That Shape Us

'Landscapes that Shape Us'

In celebration of Iowa Archaeology Month, the Luther College anthropology department is hosting a screening of "Landscapes that Shape Us" at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in Room 102 of the F.W. Olin Building on Luther's campus. A question and answer session with the producers of the documentary will follow the screening.

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Karin Friederic

'Women's Rights, Gender Violence and Body Politics in Coastal Ecuador'


Examining how human rights discourses and institutions have changed gender norms and responses to gender violence in rural Ecuador, Karin Friederic, the Luther College Women and Gender Studies program's fall 2017 Price Lecturer, will deliver a lecture titled "Women's Rights, Gender Violence and Body Politics in Coastal Ecuador" at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in the F.W. Olin Building Room 102 on Luther's campus.

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Anita Carrasco, Luther associate professor of anthropology

Luther's Anita Carrasco granted Carson Writing Fellowship

Luther College Associate Professor of Anthropology Anita Carrasco was granted the highly competitive, Writing Fellowship from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Germany for a six-month residency. The Center accepts applications from faculty and researchers from all over the world, awarding fellowships to only 12 percent of applicants.

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